Yesterday there were reports that Leno would be going back to his original 11:30 timeslot after the Olympics. But now TMZ reports that NBC execs have given Conan the choice of having the midnight to 1AM slot. That would make Leno’s show only a half hour. His other option is to just walk away.
Despite other media reports, even if Leno goes back to his original time slot, he is not being offered The Tonight Show. Conan is not only pissed about the changes, he simply doesn't want to give up The Tonight Show, and NBC won't make him because that incurs its own costly penalty, reports Deadline Hollywood.
Sources say Conan has not decided what he wants to do. He’s also reportedly fuming because he was given no advanced warning this was coming. Conan's people told NBC they are considering the offer, however.
"Conan hasn't agreed to anything yet, especially not to push back to 12:05 AM."
Yesterday NBC released another statement about the switch-a-roo claiming Conan isn't going anywhere. "We have the best comedy team in the business. We remain committed to keeping Conan O’Brien on NBC. He is a valued part of our late-night line-up, as he has been for more than 16 years and is one of the most respected entertainers on television."